MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — The attorney for rapper Bobby Shmurda offered a fiery defense of the rising hip-hop star prior to his arraignment Thursday on weapons and drug charges, claiming fame is his client's only crime.
Shmurda, creator of the "shmoney dance" phenomenon, and 12 others were arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday in Midtown as part of a two-year probe into gang shootings and narcotics, police said.
“It’s a bunch of bulls—t,” said Howard Greenberg, who is representing Shmurda, 20, real name Ackquille Pollard, and his brother Javase Pollard, who goes by “Fame.”
“The government hates rap and by extension hates rappers. If his name was Joe Blow, they’d have given him a desk-appearance ticket or cut him loose from the precinct.”
Shmurda was collared after leaving a recording studio with members of his East Flatbush GS9 crew, police sources said.
Shmurda and Chad Marshall, who goes by “Rowdy Rebel,” are linked to more than a dozen shootings and crack cocaine sales in Brooklyn, sources said.
Greenberg, who also represented convicted child killer Levi Aron three years ago, vowed to fight the charges and said his client was merely a scapegoat.
“The police recruit guiltless, loveless informants who are jealous, and they point the finger at people who are making their way,” he said. “My guy has the world in the palm of his hands. He needs to commit crimes like I need to fly the space shuttle.”